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The Occupational Therapy Service at Boston Children's Hospital provides direct outpatient care to patients ranging in age from newborns to young adults.
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 5 pm
Our therapists provide examination, evaluation and treatment to patients with impairments, functional limitations, disease and disability. We also provide consultation to the medical staff regarding occupational therapy services.
Our staff is specially trained to deal with a variety of pediatric medical conditions, including:
Congenital hand conditions
Acquired hand conditions
Occupational therapists play an integral role in the management of patients in our intensive care units:
Medical-Surgical Intensive Care Unit (MSICU)
Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU)
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Patients are referred to occupational therapy by their pediatrician or a specialist. Reasons may include:
Developmental delays Pre-op (before surgery) management
Post-op (after surgery) management
Care for a traumatic or congenital hand injury
Treatment related to an acute or chronic medical condition
Occupational therapists work to improve each patient's underlying impairments and try to help them make a full recovery or return to their optimal level of function.
Occupational therapy is initiated by a referral from the patient's primary care physician or specialist.
Occupational therapists perform thorough initial evaluations and use the results to develop comprehensive treatment programs with specific, objective, measurable and time-based goals. After the first appointment, the occupational therapist will discuss how often a patient will need to come to occupational therapy.
Treatment programs are always individualized for each patient. Examples of treatment include:
Sensory integration therapy
Self care and adaptive equipment intervention (Example, selecting or developing equipment, teaching patients how to use equipment)
Fine motor intervention
Custom splint fabrication Scar management (arm/upper extremity)
Range of motion programs
The Occupational Therapy Service at Boston Children's Hospital provides direct inpatient care to patients ranging in age from newborns to young adults.
Patients referred for occupational therapy while in the hospital may be:
Recovering from surgery
Receiving care for a traumatic injury or illness
Undergoing treatment related to an acute, chronic or complex medical conditions
Our occupational therapists work to improve each patient's underlying impairments and try to help them make a full recovery or return to their optimal level of function. Our occupational therapists are skilled in modifying our patients' environments and daily tasks and in using adaptive equipment and assistive technology to increase functional independence.
Occupational therapy is initiated by a referral from the patient's physician. Evaluation Occupational therapists perform thorough initial evaluations and use the results to develop comprehensive treatment programs with specific, objective, measurable and time-based goals.
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